Sign Up for Square Point of Sale
Use this guide to sign up via the Square app or your online Square Dashboard. You can accept card payments once you've provided the required information. If you have multiple businesses under the same Australian Business Number (ABN), you can create a single account with multiple locations.
Business Details Required
You're required to provide an active ABN during signup unless signing up as an individual or sole trader without an ABN.
Having your Square account associated with your business ABN helps us identify you as a business and is advantageous when it comes to completing your taxes.
You can supply an ACN if you use one, but only alongside an ABN.
Square accounts can be created under these business types:
If you’re a business processing over $250,000 in card payments each year, please contact our Sales team for more information about how Square's offerings can work for your business and custom rates for eligible businesses.
Personal Details Required
We are required by banking industry regulations and applicable law to verify the personal details listed below for each of our primary account holders. Even if you plan on using Square as a business, creating a Square account is impossible without providing valid personal information.
Square’s Terms of Service also require our customers to be at least 18 years of age or older to create a Square account.
The following details are required to activate a Square account:
First legal name and last legal surname
Contact telephone number
Date of birth
Full residential street address
Government-issued ID (passport, driver’s licence or Medicare Card)
Important to note
A PO Box can be used for hardware shipping but not as a home address for activation.
For sellers with a driver's licence issued in ACT, NSW, NT, SA, TAS or WA, you must provide the driver's licence number and card number as stated on your licence.
If applicable, you’ll be prompted to add details about your business partner(s). If you’re unable to provide the information above, you may not be able to accept card payments, but you can still use Square as a digital POS solution to track cash/other tender payments and provide your customers with email and text receipts.
Choose a Merchant Category Code
During the signup process, you’ll need to classify how you’ll use Square by selecting your business type or Merchant Category Code. Square will use this information to provide you with the best features to grow your business.
If you already set your business type and want to change it, contact Square Support. Note: We cannot edit the ABN you entered once you have registered. You will need to create a new Square account with the new ABN.
Link Your Bank Account
An Australia-based transactional bank account is required for your funds to be transferred. Bank verification can take up to 5 business days to verify.
Square Hardware & Account Setup
You can place an order for Square hardware or skip this step and purchase at a later time. If you purchase Square hardware online, it should arrive within 2 to 7 business days. Learn more about ordering hardware via Square Shop with this Square Shop Guide.
Alternatively, you can purchase hardware from one of our retail partners.